Monthly Gardening Tips - August 2021

IN THE GARDEN

Remove Oriental poppy plants before their seedheads turn brown if you wish to avoid a mass of seedlings next year. Don't compost them! Obviously those with particularly good flowers can be allowed to seed. The same goes for foxgloves, Verbascums and the purple verbena bonariensis. See below:

Poppy
Foxglove
verbena bonariensis

Herbaceous Phlox, below, may be cut down in late summer to promote more shoots ready for next year. The same goes for herbaceous Delphinium flower spikes which usually need support. Check for slugs and snails which can decimate young late summer growths

Phlox
Delphinium